Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Dirt Nap Notations - 2/23/2017

The path to being a great artist or anything for that matter is dedication and obsession. One of the reasons why I’m not a famous artist is my attention span. I get distracted so easily, it’s kind of comical. (Oh look a bird!) I’ve been following certain artists and I see that they live and breathe art. If they are lucky they have a career in art or like a certain painter I know, they are so good they actually get paid for their paintings. I on the other hand, haven’t sold a piece of artwork in the last 20 years. I do mostly free artwork for friends and family and offer my services in trade. Also the last 25 years of my life I’ve been raising a family and working at office jobs to earn ends meat and get insurance for everybody.



So I’ve been ignoring my artwork and training and now I’m playing catch up. I’m 54 years old, I don’t have a home, I don’t have a savings account, I live paycheck to paycheck and I work a job they barely covers my life costs. But now I’m trying to get back into artwork, trying to be the artist I should have been 25 years ago. But I keep on getting distracted, and need to buckle down and get to creating stuff. I need to channel my personal “Eric” and get to drawing and painting. I’ve come to terms with what type of artist I am, a surrealist Cartoonist, catchy I know! Anyway, I’m just screaming my stuff on to the internet to get it out of my head. 

Have a great day people.



Art for the mad...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Spanish Harlem Paintings.

Here is one of the oil paintings based on my life in Spanish Harlem as a child.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Prep Work for my Spanish Harlem Paintings.

So here is the idea,

I’m going to do a series of oil paintings based on my life in Spanish Harlem as a child. I’m going to do all of the main work in black and white and then use a glace technique to color them.
The canvases are going to be large, so I’m going to be using lots of discounts from Michael's.

I’m thinking of using these images and then placing myself in them, but I’m going to add a supernatural element to them to represent the evil lurking around the corner in my mind. Here are some of the images, your thoughts?


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Monday, November 21, 2016

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